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news volume 30

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june 6, 2013


Chemical Health Policy targets athletes only CHEM HEALTH, from 1

South Spots compiled by Roar editors

Poetry Slam and Open Mic The Bishop Mackenzie Center will hold a poetry slam and open mic night featuring performances by South students and alumni June 8 at 7:00 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit children in Ghana. Underclassmen Awards Night A ceremony honoring notable underclassmen will be held in the lecture hall June 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Various departments will present awards. Understanding the College Admissions Process On June 17 in the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library, Lanita Foley, a certified educational planner and educational consultant with 15 years of experience in college admissions will teach parents and their teens about how to best navigate the process.

from drinking, as the police are reluctant to discipline students for typical teenage behavior,” Michael said. “I think like 95 percent of the time, whenever police encounter students who are underage and intoxicated or are hosting parties with no parents or doing other illegal substance things, they usually let it slide as long as it’s not outwardly harmful,” he said. Some question the policy’s fairness as well as its effectiveness. Myette said he would welcome more universal enforcement of the Chemical Health Policy in order to spread the message

we think that second category is more fair.” According to Stembridge, the stringent punishments of the Chemical Health is participation in part or a portion of the Policy can be detrimental to some students. season. So for something like theatre, I’m “I like the fact that we have some flexibility not sure that makes as much sense. What around consequences. I think it can be super would the consequence be?” he said. difficult when a student’s best connection Junior Michael*, who has had three to the school is athletics, ” he said. parties shut down by the police, agreed that “Then they’re banned from the imuniversal enforcement presents difficulties. portant games. That becomes really chal“I think [keeping the MIAA policy] is the lenging to keep kids motivated to make easiest way for administration to implement good decisions when the most positive thing a rule that can be effective ... they can’t do in their life has been essentially removed it across the board for all students,” he said. from possibility. ” Senior Patrick Fabrizio, captain of According the football and to Grindle, howwrestling teams, ever, Scituate High however, said he School has implebelieves athletes are mented a policy that singled out not beIn a survey of 134 students, The Roar recieved the following results covers all extracurcause they are easy riculars acctivities targets, but because to circumvent this of their influence in issue. “When stuschool. “I think it dents are ineligible is there [because] to participate in I think athletes are athletics, the stusupposed to kind dents ... have the of be above, they’re right to meet with supposed to kind of the principal to reset an example for quest permission the school,” Fabto either tryout or rizio said. practice with the Stembridge team if it’s in the agreed that more best interest of the should be expected student athlete, the of athletes. “I think team, the coach,” that part of being Grindle said. “And a student athlete most of the time, means that you’re that process is rebeing held to this habilitative for the different standard,” student and they he said, “And if you become eligible.” don’t want to be Brookline held for that differHigh School also ent standard then has a flexible yet don’t try out for this fair and universal team.” policy, according to Assistant Headmaster Scituate High School, which imple- of caution. “I don’t think it’s fair; I don’t,” mented a universal Chemical Health Policy Myette said. “I would say fair would mean Hal Manson. Brookline High School enfour years ago, however, had a different make [the policy for] everybody because forces all MIAA punishments for athletes, philosophy according to Assistant Principal what’s the message — trying to help make but also imposes consequences on other stuElizabeth Grindle. “The premise of [the sure people are not using alcohol and drugs.” dents: mandatory participation in meetings, Myette added that universal enforce- disciplinary hearings and substance abuse universal policy] was that if we hold kids to a higher standard then they will reach those ment of the policy would result in safety and treatment programs. “Chances are that the higher standards,” Grindle said. “And what eliminate a double-standard. “I’d be ok if the disciplinary hearing [for any student] that we’ve found is that more of our students are district along with the community went to is conducted is going to wind up with the eligible and there are fewer students on our try to adopt some guidelines around this,” same or a similar outcome,” Manson said. he said. “And it would be around helping to “If someone was an athlete they would end ineligibility list.” According to Michael, the idea that keep students safe and make good choices. up being suspended for a number of games. alcohol is detrimental to sports performance But it would also level the playing field and If someone were in a play, they’d wind up getting suspended essentially from a numwould discourage drinking even without make it fair for more students than less.” According to Stembridge, in this situ- ber of performances. If someone is in some an official policy. “I think what ... keep[s] students from partying [the most] is not ation a double-standard is acceptable. “It’s other type of extracurricular activity they the punishment for being caught, but the a complex issue, because I’m trying to say would be potentially removed from that actual effect of not being on your game the it’s ok to have a double standard, which is extracurricular activity.” Nonetheless, Stembridge said the next morning when it’s time to focus and kind of weird,” Stembridge said. “I’m not in Chemical Health Policy would not be modiyou still don’t have your head in it.”Michael charge of one standard that gets delivered to fied unless it becomes necessary to have said, “It’s more of a mental setback than a us by the MIAA. But I am in charge of what more rigid rules. “The MIAA policy is not the standard is for everyone else.” fear of punishment.” flexible and that’s not how we do discipline Though it would level the playing As a result of this mindset, Fabrizio here at South, ” Stembridge said, “But I think said there is less of a need to regulate the field, Stembridge said that holding all stuif we got to a point where it was important behavior of athletes than other students. “It dents to the athletes’ standards would be for clarity of purposes to not be flexible on should be at least less common among ath- disadvantageous to the student body. our alcohol policy, then that would be ... a “If you are not participating in athletletes concerned with sports performance, big conversation with a lot of people and I because [all] of these substances ... decrease ics then we have the opportunity to make think we would do that. ” decisions more on a case by case basis, sports performance.” In addition, South’s Chemical Health about what’s best for the student given the Policy is not effective in preventing students circumstances,” he said.”So in most cases *Names changed to protect students’ identities

South Standards Question One:

Athletes must adhere to a punitive chemical health policy, while students participating in other school-sponsored extracurricular activities do not. Does this create a double standard?

NO 70

YES 64

Question Two:

Would you approve of such a chemical health policy for extracurriculars at South?

NO 63

YES 71